March 4, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time in program history, the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team has earned a bid to the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament. The Buckeyes will face off with the Boston College Eagles at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 in Boston.
The Buckeyes are among the eight teams in the tournament, and will face off with Boston College for the first time ever. The winner of Saturday’s game heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Women’s Frozen Four on March 16.
With the NCAA tournament bid, this year’s team continues to break new ground for the program. The 23 wins the team accumulated are the most in program history. As the team continued to succeed as a group, numerous Buckeyes earned individual weekly and monthly distinctions from both the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the NCAA itself.
Last week freshman Emma Maltais earned just the third WCHA Rookie of the Year award in program history, while head coach Nadine Muzerall won the first WCHA Coach of the Year award every awarded to an OSU coach. Maltais also made the All-WCHA First Team, and the All-WCHA Rookie Team. Defenseman Jincy Dunne joined her on the All-WCHA First Team, while goaltender Kassidy Sauve earned All-WCHA Second Team honors and Tatum Skaggs was named to the All-WCHA First Team.
The Buckeyes broke into the top 10 poll in the third week of the season and never left, marking the longest streak of being ranked for the team. Ohio State now looks to keep things rolling as they face a new opponent, in a new territory. The team takes the ice Saturday, just two games away from playing for a national title.